It was never about a virus. MSNBC’s Dr. Gupta on Tuesday afternoon said that just because you’ve been vaccinated doesn’t mean you’re allowed to travel or walk around without a face mask on.
President Trump launched “Operation Warp Speed” earlier this year in an effort to produce a safe and effective Covid vaccine by the end of 2020.
“We’re here to discuss a monumental national achievement. From the instant the coronavirus invaded our shores, we raced into action to develop a safe and effective vaccine at breakneck speed. It would normally take five years, six years, seven years, or even more. In order to achieve this goal, we harnessed the full power of government, the genius of American scientists, and the might of American industry to save millions and millions of lives all over the world. We’re just days away from authorization from the FDA, and we’re pushing them hard, at which point we will immediately begin mass distribution,” Trump said last week at the Operation Warp Speed vaccine Summit.
White House Press Secretary spoke on Operation Warp Speed in Tuesday afternoon’s breifing.
“Before Operation Warp Speed, the typical timeframe for development and approval, as you know, could be infinity. And we were very, very happy that we were able to get things done at a level that nobody has ever seen before. The gold standard vaccine has been done in less than nine months,” Trump said.
Pfizer began delivering doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to hospitals this week but MSNBC’s Dr. Vin Gupta said despite vaccination, Americans should not be traveling or abandoning their face masks.
“There’s a source of confusion…one of the misperceptions out there is just because you get vaccinated with that second dose does not mean you should be participating in things like traveling in an out-of-control pandemic or that you’re liberated from masks,” Dr. Gupta said. “Everything applies until all of us get the two dose regimen and we don’t think that’s gonna happen until June or July.”
“We don’t know if vaccination prevents serious illness or does it also prevent you from getting infection entirely?”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 15, 2020
The “out-of-control pandemic” Gupta is referring to has a 99.9998% survival rate for most people.